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LEVEL II (MODERATE) LOW WATER CONDITIONS DECLARED FOR UPPER SOUTH NATION SUBWATERSHED
July 9, 2020
The South Nation Conservation (SNC) Water Response Team has upgraded the Level I (minor) low water conditions issued on June 29th to Level II (moderate) low water conditions for the Upper South Nation Subwatershed (which includes the lower 2/3rds of Augusta Township).
In the past two weeks, conditions within the Upper South Nation Subwatershed have worsened due to persistent hot and dry weather. Evaporation could become a significant concern if current conditions persist.
SNC’s Water Response Team, consisting of local representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture, and other special interest groups, met on July 9th. Members reported observations of dried-up streams, reduced crop yields, and increased demand on municipal well water.
Residents, businesses, and other industries throughout the subwatershed can help by reducing their water consumption by 20% and limit non-essential uses. Burn bans are also in effect in most municipalities. Should low water conditions worsen, shallow wells may go dry.
Posted July 10, 2020
South Nation Conservation Declares Level I Low Water Condition
June 29, 2020
Due to a drier than usual spring, persistent hot temperatures, and lack of precipitation, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has declared a Level I Low Water Condition for its watershed in Eastern Ontario. A Level I indicates that there is the potential of a water supply problem should current precipitation and stream flow trends persist.
While in Level I status, SNC asks residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 10% to help mitigate the impacts of low water conditions. Water consumption can be reduced by limiting non-essential uses such as watering your lawn or washing your car.
SNC works with its 16 member municipalities to monitor stream flow, precipitation and water supply through the provincially mandated Low Water Response Program. SNC will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide updates as required.
Posted June 30, 2020
The low water status in the Rideau River watershed is now at MODERATE or Level 2 severity under the Ontario Low Water Responses Program. The watershed has received very little rainfall over the past three months.
Measured flows for the smaller tributaries such as the Jock River and Kemptville Creek are near 5 percent of normal for this time of year. Field observations around the watershed indicate that ecological conditions are poor with many fragmented streams and numerous reports of algae and/or weed growth.
Water conservation is encouraged for all watershed residents and businesses, particularly those on private, communal or municipal wells. While Augusta Township has not implemented a watering ban, the Fire Department is restricting open burning to small supervised campfires between 6 PM and 2 AM.
Conditions are expected to decline further with limited rain in the forecast. Updates to this message will be issued as conditions warrant.
Posted June 26, 2020
Due to below average rainfall in April and May, condition in the Rideau Valley Watershed (including the Kemptville Creek watershed which occupies the northern 1/3rd of Augusta Township) now meet the threshold for Minor Low Water or Level 1 status under the Ontario Low Water Response Program.
Kemptville Creek flows are currently at less than 30% of normal.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to conserve water during dry conditions.
Updates on this message will be issued at conditions warrant.
Posted June 19, 2020